Why Popcorn Costs So Much at the Movies: And Other Pricing Puzzles (Google eBook)

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Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 17, 2008 - Business & Economics - 344 pages
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'Why Popcorn Costs So Much at the Movies, and Other Pricing Puzzles' seeks to unravel an array of pricing puzzles from the one captured in the book’s title to why so many prices end with '9' (as in $2.99 or $179) to why ink cartridges can cost as much as printers to why stores use sales, coupons, and rebates. Along the way, economist Richard McKenzie explains how the 9/11 terrorists have, through the effects of their heinous acts on the relative prices of various modes of travel, killed more Americans since 9/11 than they killed that fateful day. Professor McKenzie also explains how well-meaning efforts to spur the use of alternative, supposedly environmentally friendly fuels have caused starvation among millions of people around the world and have given rise to the deforestation of rainforests in Malaysia and Indonesia. How can this be? If you think you already have an answer, read on. The solutions to these and other such pricing puzzles are more sophisticated and surprising than you likely now think.
  

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Review: Why Popcorn Costs So Much at the Movies: And Other Pricing Puzzles

User Review  - Arup Dutta - Goodreads

Great read for anyone who DOES NOT come from a commerce, economics or MBA background. Feel free to pick and choose chapters to read Read full review

Review: Why Popcorn Costs So Much at the Movies: And Other Pricing Puzzles

User Review  - Darko Doko - Goodreads

Interesting and useful with some compelling examples but bit lengthy and with too much (at least for me) proofs of some thesis. Nevertheless I enjoyed reading it. Read full review

Contents

PRICE AND THE LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
PRICING LEMONS VIEWS AND UNIVERSITY HOUSING
WHY SALES
WHY POPCORN COSTS SO MUCH AT THE MOVIES
WHY SO MANY COUPONS
WHY SOME GOODS ARE FREE
FREE PRINTERS AND PRICEY INK CARTRIDGES
WHY MOVIE TICKET PRICES ARE ALL THE SAME
WHY SO MANY PRICES END WITH 9
THE ECONOMICS OF MANUFACTURERS REBATES
THE PSYCHOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY OF MANUFACTURERS REBATES
THE QUESTION OF QUEUES
WHY MEN EARN MORE ON AVERAGE THAN WOMENAND ALWAYS WILL
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Subject Index
Copyright

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